Do people like listening to new music live anymore? It’s a very interesting question I have played quite a few gigs now and in my own personal experience I would say 70 percent of the time no they do not. I recently played a set with a green day tribute and the two bands who supported them including my own pretty much played all original music and we got hardly any reaction from the crowd at all despite the fact both bands were good and put on a great show. In fact the only big cheer my band got was when we done a cover of Jimmy eat worlds the middle.
I have had similar experiences during other gigs as well it seems to me these days people only want to hear songs they already know and are frightened to try something new. Unless they have heard the songs previously or been force fed them by the media they aren’t interested or bothered about hearing new music. Obviously this isn’t me painting everyone with the same brush here there are some people out there who love to hear new sounds it just appears that these days the majority of people have gotten lazy when it comes to music and only enjoy stuff if they have heard it before.
I however refuse to sell my soul to the covers industry we do have a few covers in my band just too carry things along but I am not willing to give up my original music whether people react to it or not.My bands set will always be mostly original material . I will never bow to the masses and let us turn into a full covers band that just isn’t me. T
So as I previously wrote I have been in my current band now for over 9 months during this time we have played 12-13 gigs in some of the biggest venues in my local area. The first thing I would like to talk about in this blog is the other bands I have played with/supported during my time in Dead on 20. I like to put them into three categories Legends, Passives and cocky asswipes.
Legends: We have played with quite a few bands who fall into this category , They are friendly , talk to you, like your band page, stick around to listen to you , tell you they enjoyed your set and are all round nice guys.
Passives: These are bands that generally don’t get involved with anyone or anything they come in play the set then leave without as much as a conversation. I am not too bothered about people like this I just steer clear.
Cocky asswipes: Now I have a few stories in regards to guys like this. These are the type of people you will encounter in this business that will make you want to gouge their eyeballs out with a rusty spoon.
The first band I encountered like this were a covers band that did various 80’s cover music they acted cool to us while we were there it wasn’t until we got up on stage we realized what a bunch of cock jockeys these guys really were. They had brought their own sound guy along and he deliberately made us sound AWFUL . Turned all the instruments right down, turned the vocals down so you could barely hear them and generally made things as difficult for us as possible just to make themselves look better. When they got up on stage they set all the sound to loud got the levels spot on and made us look like amateurs this was my first encounter of assholes.
My second encounter was in a battle of the bands there was only roughly 40 people or so there watching the event and this band showed up with a make up artist , changes of clothes merchandise sellers the works all for a small gig in a pub . They didn’t stop there though backstage we overheard them talking about how easy this was going to be for them to win and how all the girls would love them etc. Turned out they finished 4th and spent the rest of the night sulking.
My last encounter was recently we played supporting a tribute act to Green Day in a big venue in my area we thought the gig was going to be ace until we got a list of rules through the E-mail which included. No backstage access, We had to remove all equipment out of the building the minute we finished the set, we had a 30 minute slot if we played over even by 30 seconds we would be cut off by the sound engineer and various other petty rules. Anyone would think they were the actual Greenday bear in mind to this gig we brought along 30 people and earned them 250 pounds . They did cut us off subsequently at the end of our set. We didn’t run over though as I timed it carefully but at the end of the set I was about to thank the crowd and got cut off. didn’t even get the chance to say thanks :(, People must have thought we were rude as fuck!
But yeah those are my experiences of other bands I have played with so far! If you come across any of the types above yourselves comment and tell me what happened!